By Jimmy Santiago Baca

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AMain Character@

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

I went to see

How the West Was Won

at the Sunshine Theater.

Five years old,

deep in a plush seat,

light turned off,

bright screen lit up

with MGM roaring lion 

in front of me

a drunk Indian rose,


the western violins

and hurled his uncapped bagged bottle

of wine

at the rocket roaring to the moon.

His dark angry body

convulsed with his obscene gestures

at the screen,

and then ushers escorted him

up the aisle,

and as he staggered past me,

I heard his grieving sobs.

Red wine streaked

blue sky and take off smoke,

sizzled cowboys= campfires,

dripped down barbwire,

slogged the brave, daring scouts

who galloped off to mesa buttes

to speak peace with Apaches,

and made the prairie

lush with wine streams.

When the movie

was over,

I squinted at the bright

sunny street outside,

looking for the main character.

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